I did a Top 5 Seattle Bands post back in 2005 so I thought I would update it and list the bands in order of preference this time.
This band formed in 1984 by Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto.
They started out their recording career on the local Seattle Sub Pop label and was the 1st "grunge" band to sign to a major label.
You can read more about them here:
Soundgarden Wiki article
Official Soundgarden page
Here are a couple of videos:
Acceptance formed in 1998 and unfortunately broke up in 2006.
In fact, they only released one full-length album, Phantoms in 2005. They released 2 EPs prior; Lost for Words in 2000, and Black Lines to Battlefields in 2003.
A couple videos:
3. Pearl Jam
Formed in 1990 from the ashes of another Seattle-based band Mother Love Bone.
Pearl Jam has released 9 studio albums and countless live albums.
Formed in 1991 but technically not from Seattle. They formed in Bellevue, WA which geographically is a couple of miles East of Seattle.
They have released 10 studio albums and have sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Just in case you did not notice, yes, Nirvana did NOT make this list.
First off, they are not a band from Seattle. In fact, they formed in a small logging town called Aberdeen which is over 2 hours away from Seatlle.
Second of all, they did put out some good music but overall, they were not near as influential as people make them out to be. They were influencED more so than they were an influence to any other bands. In my opinion, any band that lists Nirvana as an influence, is better off saying that they were influenced by a band like The Melvins (which is another band from Aberdeen).